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Little Hands is located at 2755 Sanders Road Northbrook IL - the closest intersection is Willow/Palatine and Sanders Road or Willow and the 294 S/N ramps. The center is directly off 294 S/N at the Willow exit. The center is inside the Allstate campus. Enter in the Allstate campus either off Willow or Sanders Road.

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Our Infant Program

An exceptional place for your baby to thrive

Our space is built for babies on the move: look for bright mirrors, warm rugs, sensory tables, great books, and baskets filled with soft, natural materials. There are musical instruments, toys for pretend play, safe equipment, and outdoor places to explore. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that our stringent safety, security, and cleanliness standards meet or exceed all state and local guidelines.

Even these youngest of children are encouraged to learn about their world through our individualized curriculum that invites exploration, celebrates each important milestone, and supports the transition from the sensory motor world of infancy to the increasingly social and self-directed world of toddlers.

What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are also our closest friends.

"Ms. Helen & Ms. Giselle, Thank you for taking outstanding care of all of our babies. The first-rate work you do with infants makes a real difference in their lives. Knowing Coco was in your care each day brought us such peace of mind this year. We are eternally grateful for the warmth, passion for learning & love you gifted her. The work you do is among the most meaningful in the world! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!"

Our Curriculum Components

The building blocks to balanced education.

  • Language Works Listening to stories or classical music, one-on-one spoken interaction with caregiver.
  • Math Counts Counting through books, poetry, and songs.
  • Science Rocks Bubble blowing, interacting with nature through walks and outdoor exploration.
  • ArtSmart Finger (or feet) painting, experiences with textiles.
  • Our World Rich connections — via smiles and hugs — with the center community.
  • Well Aware Soft safe places that encourage rolling over, pulling up, crawling, and safely exploring.

Learning at Home

Basket Full of Textures

You Will Need:

Basket, materials of different colors and textures: fur, fuzzy, synthetic fabric, silk, burlap, velvet, satin, metallic, chiffon, etc.

Directions:

Place basket on floor with your child. Talk about textures as he pulls them out of the basket. Ask him questions like, “Which one is soft?” and “Show me the rough one.” Comment on his reaction to the materials by saying things like, “You like the velvet, don’t you?” and “Do you want to rub the satin on your arm?”

Tip:

Twelve by twelve inch squares of fabric are suggested to help prevent your child from getting tangled in large pieces. Keep an eye on the strings that unravel from the edges and trim them. Wash materials routinely.


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